This posting is more about the love of Ancestry Research, rather than about finding a Vintage Bible.

After I retired, I spent about a year doing extensive research on my own surname and family tree.  Had I stumbled on an old family Bible such as this, connected to my family,  I would have thought I struck gold.

While this Bible’s condition is well worn, tattered, missing metal or leather clasps or straps, and the binding is coming apart.  None the less, it is a beautiful vintage Bible.

The page that has a description, and we wish a copyright date, shows the following.

Holy Bible
Containing the Old and New Testaments
Together with the Apocrypha
Translated out of the Original Tongues
And with the former translations diligently compared and revised
to which are appended
A Concordance, The Psalms of David in Metre,
An Index, Tables, and other Useful Matters.
The Text Conformable to the Standard of the American Bible Society
Charles H. Yost,
Bible Publisher
No. 815 Filbert Street

At some level, it would be incredible if someone see’s this post and this leads to having this Bible find its way to it’s rightful place.

We believe this Bible to be C. 1870’s.   There is no copyright date that we can find anywhere.

Our Appraised value of this Bible in “As is Condition” is $500-$800.   The Book is going up for sale.   We may ship this off to be sold in a high end auction.  For now, contact or inquiries can be made through email to:

To a family that can link a surname to this book, it could be priceless.

Some of the Surnames written in the Bible are: BALL, MURRAY, LITTLE, and  LINSON.   See the transcribed info from three pages with inked handwritten entries.  The handwriting appears to have been done by the same person?  Some is difficult to make out and when in doubt we have provided a few possible alternatives.

On the MARRIAGES page

Eulass Ball
Margaret Murry
Married Jan 18, 1835

Cyrus M. Ball
Susan M. Little
Married May 5, 1863

Cyrus M. Ball
Mary E. Linson
Married Jan 15, 1878
Rev P. P. (STIVORDS ?)  hard to tell correct spelling
At Lebanon, O     (This would be Lebanon Ohio

On the BIRTHS page
Eulass Ball was

Cyrus Murry Ball was
born Feb 28, 1878

On the DEATHS page
Enlass Ball died

Margaret Murry Ball
died May 31, 1886
from cancer

Note:Found Grave Marker on Find A Grave
Eulass Ball
1802 – 1 Dec 1841
Greenlawn Cemetary Plot Section 3
South Charleston
Clark County, Ohio USA

Note:Found Grave Marker on Find A Grave
Margaret Murry Ball
22 Mar 1812 – 31 May 1886
Greenlawn Cemetary Plot Section 3
South Charleston
Clark County, Ohio USA

Susan M Ball died  (Note: Surname Little ?)
March 2, 1867
Aged 21 and 8 days (hard to read.  This may not be correct)

Cyrus Murry Ball died
Friday Dec 3, 1926 aged
89 years and 28 days
brights disease  (Note: Bright’s Disease is a historic classification of Kidney Disease)

Note:Found Grave Marker on Find A Grave
Cyrus M Ball
23 May 1837- 3 Dec 1926
Greenlawn Cemetary Plot section 3
South Charleston
Clark County, Ohio USA

As author of this blog article, I became fascinated by some of the information I found.  That led to some limited genealogy background investigation on some of the surnames found within this Bible.  My notes are notated in light gray font.

Eulass Ball for an example was a graduate of Lexington Medical College.  He was one of the pioneer physicians of this country.  One of only eight in the area at the time per one article I read. (Ref:Book “Portait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio” Page 264 

Mary E. Ball wife of Cyrus M. Ball is also referenced in the same above referenced page.  A lady that had received every advantage of education and training.  Her Grandparents were early pioneers and large land owners.

Cyrus M. Ball was incapacitated by paralysis of some nature.  Mary E. Ball had oversight of their affairs.  Cyrus Ball owned 1100 acres of land.

At one point they built a mansion (started April 1889) at a cost of about $35,000.  It is presumed that it was the largest and finest farm house in the state, if not the United States at that time.  It even had hot and cold water throughout.  Connected by telephone to South Charleston, one and one half miles away.